Driver CPC Case Study Test passed

Yesterday I took my bus driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) Case Study Test and passed. Like the theory multiple choice and hazard perception tests, I was able to take it in Torquay near where I work. Very convenient. I just managed to squeeze it into my lunch break. There were 50 questions based on 7 Case Studies where basic facts surrounding fictional scenarios were presented. Most of this was covered by my revision for the Theory Test so I really didn’t do much preparation. That’s probably why I got 4 questions wrong. The pass mark is 40 and I got 46 out of 50.

So, that’s three out of five hoops I’ve jumped through so far. Just the Practical Test and CPC Practical Demonstration Test to do.

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51 comments on “Driver CPC Case Study Test passed

  1. Good Morning John,
    Nice to see that you have passed another part of the test.
    I would hate to think I was doing my PSV test again – I think I would fail.
    When I passed mine in January 1972 (seems like only yesterday) it was about an hour’s drive, which comprised of:-
    • An Emergency stop.
    • Left and right hand reverse.
    • Stop at a Bus Stop with the rear platform level with the Bus Stop pole.
    This was on a hill.
    • So the hill start followed, then the
    • Up and down gear changing exercise -1st to 4th, then down 4th to 1st, without using the foot brake.
    Then back to the Test Centre, park up, round to the back,:-
    • A few Construction and Use questions, followed by
    • ‘The Highway Code’ questions,
    • Then the 1972 version of an interactive Traffic Sign section (laminated pictures in a ring binder).
    After all that “The Ministry Man” said that he would “recommend to The Traffic Commissioner that I be granted a license”.
    He did not say if I had passed, or for that matter failed. That was the way they did it then – no pass certificate, you just had to wait to see if you got a license.
    This of course (who could doubt it) dropped through the door a few days later, with the much coveted badge (BB 65374).
    Your jottings are encouraging me to complete my ramblings on my Web Site –
    Well I have bored you (and everybody else) for long enough.
    GOOD LUCK with the other sections, I look forward to reading about them.
    All the best

  2. busmanjohn says:

    Good morning Stephen,
    Thank you for your comments. Compared to your test in 1972 I have to jump through several hoops backwards! But then again, driving conditions and the vehicles themselves have become so much more complex. My only worry is that I’m doing this relatively late in life – I’m not a spring chicken any more!

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  4. Adam Cole says:

    I’ve just recently done mine :) I didn’t do as well as you. Not sure why. It felt easy enough. But hey I passed. Got 98/100 in my theory test questions and 85/100 in the hazard perception. Can’t remember my exact score. But I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a bus – even if it is a nice new bus compared to the type you like. So excited :)

  5. foufou says:

    my teste tomrow for cpc case studie i need help

    • busmanjohn says:

      If your test is tomorrow then I’m afraid you’ve left it rather late to seek help! I presume you’ve been revising from the DSA books?

      • Im confused with the Case studies, I can find software or books with just that in it or is it a case of knowing the theory really well ?

      • busmanjohn says:

        I don’t think there are any short-cuts, really. If you haven’t already read the official DSA books on Driver CPC, you can get them on Amazon. Sometimes you can find them cheaper on Ebay too. There is a training DVD too, that gives you a mock test.
        The Case Studies are really only questions about the theory you’ve already learned, just grouped into different scenarios.

  6. Kamal says:

    Can anyone in this discussion recommend which book to read to pass the PCV CPC Case Study test?
    I have done it twice and failed. I have book one again in 20th April 2013 but still not sure if I could pass.
    I passed my theory test in 2008 and practical test in 2009.
    Any recommendation would be helpful.

    • busmanjohn says:

      Hi Kamal, I don’t think there’s a specific book on the Case Studies module but there is a section on the DVD that deals with preparing for it. The Case Studies are based on the theory syllabus so if you revise from the Driver CPC Theory book you won’t go far wrong. The date you mentioned is last month, so did you pass? Or did you mean 20th May?

  7. wayne says:

    Im thinking of trying to go for my D1 licence again. Basically i passed all my theory tests in 2010, did the minibus training, all was good, took my test and was gutted, i failed on one thing, (which that driver never used his indicator!) but thats gone now. So i took another test which cost a bomb and failed again, and because of this was very deflated so i basically through the towel in.
    So because its 3 years ago, all the theories would need to be re sat, and ive been practicising and getting 90/100 on the theory test.
    The trouble is it costs a lot of money so personally i feel under more pressure to pass has continous failure is not good.
    I do feel like i want another crack at it, but can i tolerate failure again? Why couldnt i have been born so i could have passed before 1997 then i wouldnt need to do it lol!

    • busmanjohn says:

      You can’t turn the clock back! Yes, it’s costly but, if you want to make a career out of it, it’s worth it. If you fail (like I did) book another test straight away, along with a few more days tuition.

      • Wayne says:

        Hi have you passed now then? I’m going to book my theorie tests in, get them done then have another crack at it.
        I know you can’t turn the clock back, but when you think what you got on licences in ‘them days’ before health and safety lol

      • busmanjohn says:

        Hi Wayne, yes I passed last year. I bought a set of books from the DSA and a practice DVD as well. I passed the theory modules OK after lots of revision and dummy-run tests but failed the practical test and practical demonstration test. I had to re-take both and, as you’ll read elsewhere in this blog, I very nearly gave up altogether. I was devastated when I failed but am so glad that I was persuaded to give it another try. I’ve had such a great adventure as a driver since passing. I’m sure you can do it too!

      • wayne says:

        Cheers, glad you passed. Can i ask do you only drive the 16 seater buses or is it more?. I failed twice and was so down about it, i feel more determined this time but am still really running on a budget so hope to pass fairly quickly. I remember passing my car test first time and i was so pleased id done that, if i pass this i will be more pleased i think, many thanks.

      • busmanjohn says:

        Since I passed my PCV test (Cat D) I’ve driven executive coaches, regular local bus service vehicles and heritage buses (Bristol Lodekka etc). The Cat D entitlement allows you to drive anything. It did cost a fair bit but I’m so glad I persevered because, when I lost my job as a graphic designer, I could turn to my Cat D licence and get a bus driving job. Are you just going for the minibus entitlement?

      • wayne says:

        yeah D1, dont personally fancy driving the bigger things. 16 people would be more than enough, plus theres always a job avaliable even for driving just that many people around.

  8. Ishy says:

    Hello iv done my theory n hazard and my practical. But I’m having trouble with the case study. I have done it quite few times and have failed it. I am finding difficulty in understanding it. I was fine with my theory and hazard but finding it difficult with case study. Is there any help that a can get.

    • busmanjohn says:

      You can get a book from the DSA: “Driver CPC – the official DSA guide for professional bus and coach drivers”. I found it very helpful. It has a section on the Case Studies module.

    • wayne says:

      I thought you had to do all 3 theories before you could put in for your practical?

      • busmanjohn says:

        You need to have done Theory and Hazard Perception before you can book your practical If you want to drive professionally you’ll need to do the CPC Initial Modules as well – Case Studies and Practical Demonstration.

      • Wayne says:

        Oh I thought all theories still needed to be done first. I just want to get them all done.

  9. wayne says:

    Forgot to ask whats the practical demonstration and how long does that take? cheers.

  10. wayne says:

    Sorry for replying again!, i only want my D1 to drive for my local council (sheffield), from what i read i do not need to do the CPC to drive for the local council, is this deffo the case. i dont want to waste time and money doing something i dont need, many thanks.

    • busmanjohn says:

      Unless you want to drive for your local Council as an unpaid volunteer, you’ll need the CPC qualification. Basically, if you get paid to drive, you need a Driver CPC card. If you’re still in doubt, check the job description. It should state whether or not CPC is required.

  11. wayne says:

    Hi again ive asked and i do not need to do the case study theory and the practical demo. It’s a bit of a loop hole, i would be driving for the council and been paid too, but because they operate under a ‘non commercial’ section 19 permit drivers dont require to do it. Same for ambulance drivers etc, if you look it up it shows. Mind ive still got my theories (9th october) and then the practical again to do! Ive been practicing my mirrors etc a lot more while ive been driving personally!

  12. wayne says:

    Hi, I took my theories and passed them, but unfortuanely failed my practical so thats it , its finished now and all over which is a shame but ive now packed it all in and will look for other jobs now.
    A real shame has i feel i would have been fine in that position, role on retirement i say!

  13. DavyW says:

    I took my case study test today and failed :-( passed my theory and hazard perception no problem. Thought when doing it I had passed this one too but alas I missed it by one question. Any tips for me? I felt gutted completely as I done great in my theory and hazard and have been practising the theory questions at home since too. Feel very frustrated by this result today.

    • busmanjohn says:

      Davy, I can understand your frustration. I failed my practical test and later, the practical demonstration test as well. But I’m so glad I persevered. If you only failed on one question you need to book yourself another test ASAP. Keep revising from the theory book – ask a friend to ask you some random questions. Most importantly, take your time on the actual test. I found that I could probably got a higher score if I’d taken more care over my answers. Most of them are common sense, as long as you know the theory but you can easily throw it all away with one or two rushed answers that turn out to be wrong.

  14. DavyW says:

    Thanks John, have it booked again for 2 weeks or there abouts (earliest date I could get) are there any online help for the case study scenarios?

  15. imran says:

    Plz tel me witch book u study cpc pcv therew test

    • busmanjohn says:

      There’s a series of official books you can buy at any good bookshop, or online. They are published by the Driving Standards Agency. The one you want for the CPC tests is ‘Driver CPC’.

  16. Israr says:

    Hi can anyone who passed his D1 give me any advice on pcv cpc case study and tell me more about the practical test and what shall i watch out for.

  17. David says:

    Dave from Wolverhampton. got my case study test this Wednesday, for national express buses. would you say that the test is based on everything I’ve revised for the theory test ?

    • Israr says:

      I failed it is very tricky….i am revising the book but i dont have a clue…so questions put you off….HELP PLZZZ!

  18. rups cheema says:

    I failed two time in CPC case study module two in my again test in 2july.can u any tips and help please.

  19. luc says:

    please somebody can recommend me from where i should learn for case study module 2 exam , because i learn all questions from and i faild 2 times with the same result . i need another source with questions..


  20. Israr says:

    Hi just passed my case study test 43 out of 50, it was my 4th attempt, pervious was 38 , it took a lot of revision and i pulled through it, any one need help im ready to assist, Thank You Can any one help me with CPC PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION TEST, much appreciated THANKS

    • Lu says:

      I failed 2 times first time with 33 and second with 35 , so…. I will start and learn again

      • Israr says:

        Yes i understand the furstration i passed it in 4th go, 36, 31 , 38 , 43 , you got to revise from this book il send you online link, its got most of the information you need to pass, you should also learn the theory multichoice questions, the secenario is straight forward but the questions and the answers are tricky, but if you take your time, think about the question carefully you cant fall short, my advice will be never give up keep revising and take your time, flag the question your not sure, come back later to it.

  21. Kate says:

    just failed my cpc case studies after so much revision the test was nothing like the 120 case studies I practised where do I go from here HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • busmanjohn says:

      Sorry to hear you’ve failed the Case Studies module. If you’ve already passed the Theory module, the CS part shouldn’t be too difficult. Where did you get 120 sample case studies from? The official DVD I practiced with only had 5 or 6, just to give a flavour of how the test works. The actual content is based on what you’ve already learned, together with a good helping of common sense. Don’t give up, give it another try!

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